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Estate disputes and litigation

As clients live longer and, in some circumstances, their mental health fails, disputes over whether the will maker had testamentary capacity to make the will become more common.  We can provide expert advice on potential challenges to wills or defending a will.  We can also provide advice to both executors and potential applicants on family provision applications, where family members do not consider that they have been adequately provided for in a will.

Our firm has also had significant experience in advising both executors and beneficiaries on all matters concerning estate administration where disputes arise.

The Supreme Court of Queensland has appointed our partner, Michael Klatt, as administrator of estates where the Court has removed executors.  We are often asked to be involved in contentious estate matters and assist in bringing these to a conclusion.

Our Wills & Estate team are listed in Best LawyersTM in Australia and recognised by Doyles Guide in the below categories:

  • Michael Klatt was named the Best LawyersTM 2018 Edition Wealth Management / Succession Planning Practice "Lawyer of the Year" in Brisbane, Australia
  • Michael Klatt was included in the 2017 & 2018 Editions of the Best LawyersTM in Australia for Trusts and Estates
  • Michael Klatt was included in the 2017 & 2018 Editions of the Best LawyersTM in Australia for Wealth Management / Succession Planning Practice.
  • Michael Klatt was ranked as "Preeminent" in the Doyles Guide 2015 & 2016 Listings for Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyers in Queensland
  • Chris Herrald was ranked as "Recommended" in the Doyles Guide 2016 Listing for Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyers in Queensland.
  • Mullins Lawyers ranked as a "First tier" firm in the Doyles Guide 2016 Listing for Leading Wills & Estates Law Firms in Queensland

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Michael Klatt

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